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Boots too old?

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 

I've heard that ski boots can shatter/break if they are too old, even if they haven't been used much.  Wanted to see if it is safe (and for how much longer) to use my current boots. 

I have a pair of Dalbello PRX8 Custom, bought new in 2001 or 2002, with custom insoles (masterfit/instaprint), stored indoors, only 37 days of skiing on them.

I like to ski pretty fast/aggressively, and try to ski a lot of powder.


Given their age (around 11 years old) but relative lack of use (37 days), how much longer do you think I can safely use them? 



post #2 of 7

there have been certain production runs of boots from the 80's and early 90's that had some trouble passing the test of time. most are well known and documented.  the reason why you will hear about them is because the boot models had enough market share or critical mass so that someone would notice.


also if you hang out on ski forums and websites, there is bound to be a few vocal participants that have experienced material failure. those instances are not representative of the big picture of worldwide boot production.


the boot suppliers do not have a planned obsolescence time line for their productions based on obtaining sub-standard materials.


what you seem to be reacting to is older urban legend that has absolutely no impact on the boots that you own.


although there is an argument to be made comparing boot price points, meaning high end polyurethane or polyether shells versus some of the cheaper boot shells using matrix or blends to reduce production costs and weight, might possibly have a shorter life expectancy.



post #3 of 7

There are lots of factors that age old boots.


I've seen lots of old boots.  There are plenty of 'em out there.  If they still fit and your leg hasn't changed that much, they should be fine.  Generally, when I see exploded boots, the are older than yours are.  Anything from the mid 1990's on, I consider the "modern era" of ski boots.


That said...  Be careful.  You mention you ski fast/aggressively- that's not the time I'd want to be thinking about how my boots are doing.


Boot designs and liners have come a long way in just the past few years.  Why don't you drop the bomb on a new pair of boots- you'll be glad you did!



post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 

So to make sure I understand:

Since my boots are from the "modern era", the plastic is less likely to fatigue/crack from age alone?

I'm assuming this means I can safely use them another few years at 10-20 ski days/year as long as they continue to fit well?

For "modern era" boots, after how many years or how many ski days would you recommend changing boots?  I'm assuming that by the time I would consider getting a replacement liner, it might be better just to buy a new boot at that time given their age...


Thanks so much for your help.  Like many people, I would like to max out the use of my current well-fitting boots as long as possible before having to go for a new pair.

post #5 of 7



when it comes to hard plastic shells, nothing is for certain.


i am fairly confident, that your question is in reference to the kind of hype around catastrophic failure of ski boots that are discussed on the internet. if that is the case stomp your hoof once.rolleyes.gif


you have 37 days into your boots, i would be amazed and astounded, if they would fall apart with normal use in the next 100 days of use for skiing.


do you get anxious about other products that you use in everyday life?eek.gif





post #6 of 7

I'm with Jim here.  Boots do fail but there are no changes to plastic design  I'm aware of that makes plastic within the last few years inherently better than what you are using.  Yes your boots could break.  But is it likely? Probably just before hell freezes over, which I believe is not slated for anytime in the foreseeable future.


You may be able to find new boots that fit and perform better than your old boots and almost certainly that is so if you take advantage of the services of a knowledgeable fitter and I'll say that is the reason to buy new boots rather than concern of your old boots failing you off a cliff.



post #7 of 7

This walked into the shop the other day.  We see probably one broken boot a week- not picking on Rossignol here, just old boots in general.  This was a cold day- around 5°.  Boots do have a finite lifespan.  Be aware of this. 


/crappy iPhone pics w/ fresh snow...


Broken boot 2.jpg


Broken Boot 1.jpg



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